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Exterior Wood Coatings

Wood Stains by Color
Stain Finish Types
Transparent    Transparent

Shows the natural color and texture of wood grain. Good for new and unstained surfaces.

Semi-Transparent   Semi-Transparent

Adds hints of color, shows texture of wood grain. Good for decks 5-10 years old.

Semi-Solid Semi-Solid

Allows subtle wood grain and texture to show. Best for decks 5-10 years old.

Solid Solid

Long lasting, hides imperfections of aging wood, gives an even, uniform look. Good for decks 10+ years.

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About Exterior Wood Stains & Coatings


No matter the climate you live in protecting outdoor projects made of wood is extremely important for their longevity. Adding a protective barrier should be the final step in any new project or reoccurring maintenance on existing projects.


The Home Depot knows outdoor wood projects, our selection has you covered from start to finish. We offer quality exterior wood stain colors and surface preparation products, deck sealers and more. 


Protect and beautify your deck, fence, or outdoor furniture with exterior wood deck stain products. Choose from a variety of wood stain colors and clear coat sealants find the right exterior stain for you.


Wood Stain Extends Your Projects Life 


Protect your wood surfaces with exterior stains. A few coats of wood stain can keep outdoor wood projects vibrant, healthy and looking great for years. 


Prep. Prep. Prep. 


We can’t emphasize enough how important it is to prep your project before you stain it. Even new wood needs to be prepped. Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions before you get to staining or painting. Cleaning is an essential part of the project. It will stop premature peeling and make your stain last longer. A good rule of thumb is: Take at least as much time to prep as you will for painting. 


Which Wood Stain Should I Get? 


Consider the age of your wood project. A new wood deck does well with transparent wood stain, a deck 5 to 10 years can take a semi-transparent stain. Protect your older decks or fences with a solid color. It also comes down to how you want the project to look. Stain finish varies according to how much natural wood grain shows. Invest in a durable long-lasting wood stain so you won’t have to reapply anytime soon. 


Wood Stain Features 


Add a hint of color to your deck stains. Waterproofing and UV protection can also be a bonus with semi-transparent stain. And if working with weather, slightly damaged wood, use one of our many attractive shades of solid stains to cover and bring new life to it. 


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